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Vintage Suitcase Card Box DIY

November 1, 2012

{This post was originally published on Going to the Chapel on August 31, 2012. I’m moving all (16, lame!) of those posts over to my regular blog, slowly but surely!}

I’m so proud of my wedding DIYs! I’ll be posting a bunch of them now that they are finally finished. Here’s the first and one of my favorites.

Vintage Suitcase Card Box

I spray painted these suitcases to be this lovely aqua. Before they were an ugly dusty blue. I taped off all the metal portions and then sprayed away. I recommend using a primer first — I didn’t, and it took me many, many coats to get the coverage I wanted. I usually do use a primer, but I was out and didn’t feel like running to the store. Lesson: don’t let laziness get in the way of common sense. It will cost you more time than running to the store would have!

Then caaaarefully peel off the tape. Some of your paint will come with it. That’s ok! To do touch ups, take your spray paint and hold it very close to a cup or something you don’t mind getting ruined. I used the lid to the spray paint. Spray away until you have a little puddle of paint. Then take a small brush and do your touch ups. It’s best to pat the paint on — if you try to brush it on, you’ll end up just removing more paint. So just blot, let dry, blot, let dry, repeat, etc., until the spots are barely noticeable, or not noticeable at all if you’re less lazy than me.

Lastly, take the suitcases back outside and give them a thorough coating with spray varnish. This will help seal the paint on and prevent scratches — but note, they WILL still scratch if you’re not careful! It’s just spray paint on leather, so don’t bang them around. Treat them very gently.

I found the glittery letters at Michael’s, and they have sticky backs. I just peeled off half of the backing so only half the letter was sticky — the part that would touch the suitcase. Otherwise the exposed part of the letters would quickly attract cat hair and dust. I also found the little heart at Michael’s, in a little $1 bracelet kit. It was the only wooden heart I could find, and luckily it was cheap and the perfect size. I spray painted it gold to match the letters. The idea of that is there’s just enough room for people to slip their cards inside, but not enough room for sticky fingers to reach inside. No offense to anyone, but as is the case at most weddings, I don’t personally know every single person there — like the staff. I’ve heard a lot of nightmare stories about brides who didn’t think it would happen to them who had all of their cards and/or gifts stolen. Better safe than sorry!

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